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Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene attend a hearing Thursday to hear testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) exchanged harsh words on the House floor amid Thursday's vote to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.

Why it matters: The exchange is emblematic of the divisive and emotionally charged nature around the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Details: “This is a joke,” Greene said on the House floor, presumably about the vote. “Why don’t you care about the American people?” she asked Raskin, a member of House Jan. 6 Select Committee.

  • “You represent the American people,” he responded.
  • “You represent Congress,” Greene replied.

At that point, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of two Republicans who sit on the select committee, said something unintelligible.

  • Greene replied to Cheney: “You’re done. You’re a joke, Liz. Your party rejected you.”
  • Cheney responded that Greene was a joke, and asked whether she needed to be focusing on her “anti-Semitic space lasers," a source familiar with the conversation told Axios.
  • Greene replied that she'd never said that.
  • Greene said later in a statement to Axios: “Democrat Liz Cheney, Russia hoaxer [Rep.] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] and disheveled Jamie Raskin were giggling together and patting each other on the back in the well of the House. I had to let them know that their J6 witch hunt committee is an absolute joke.”

What’s next: The House voted to hold Bannon in contempt, mostly among party lines — but with nine Republicans voting "yes" with Democrats.

  • The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon.
  • The vote itself marks a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.

Editor's note: Updates with additional details on the Cheney-Greene exchange.

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Progressives call for swift Boebert punishment

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush (far right) walk through the Capitol last month. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

House progressives are seeking concrete punishment for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) as retribution for her incendiary remarks against one of their own, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Why it matters: House Democratic leaders continue to consider their options amid the latest ugly incident in their chamber. Republicans are already threatening retaliation after Democrats stripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments and censured Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.).

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, D.C., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.